It’s no secret that moving is a stressful experience – especially when you add kids to the mix! However, there are plenty of ways to make the moving process easier for everyone involved, and one of those ways is to involve your kids in the process.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before moving with your kids
Give them a say
Let them choose their bedroom furniture or the paint colour for their new room. By giving them a say, you’re involving them in the process and helping to ease any anxiety.
Get them excited
Take them on a tour of their new home or school. If you can get them excited about the move, they’ll be more likely to help and less likely to be stressed.
Have a plan
Involving your kids in the moving and packing plans can be beneficial – they may have ideas you wouldn’t have thought of!
Remember, your kids are adjusting to a lot of change all at once, so be patient with them. If they need extra time to adjust, that’s okay – give them your love and support.
Trying to do all the packing and moving on your own can make the process more stressful.
Here are a few ways to get your kids involved in the moving process
Assign them each a room to pack up
Give each child a room to focus on and let them know that their job is to ensure everything in that room is packed away – nicely! This gives them a feeling of responsibility and being in charge!
Have them help with sorting through things
As you pack each room, go through everything and ask your kids if they want to keep, toss or donate each item. This will help thin out some of the clutter and make packing less of a hassle.
Make a game out of it!
Pack up one box and challenge your kids to see how quickly they can unpack it again. Or turn packing tape into sticky fingers and see who can stick their entire body to the floor first! Packing doesn’t have to be all work and no play – you can have some creative fun.
Reward them for a job well done!
After a long day of packing (or unpacking), treat your little ones to some ice cream or their favourite snack. A small reward goes a long way in terms of motivation. So, don’t forget to pat your kiddos (and yourself) on the back every once in a while!
Moving with kids doesn’t have to be a nightmare – there are plenty of ways to make it easy! Store your belongings with Pink Hippo while you search for your forever home or as you pack to avoid tripping over boxes. Give our Reading Storage Facility a call on 0118 957 1573 or visit our Moving Storage Options to learn more!